Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Dec 21, 2010

Connie Britton Wins Satellite Award

Connie Britton won a Satellite Award, given by the International Press Academy for Best Actress, Drama.

Woo Hoo! Congratulations, Connie!!

Time Magazine: Top 10 Epsiodes of 2010

No. 1 Friday Night Lights, "The Son",28804,2035319_2033970_2033943,00.html

Happy to see this episode and the show get the recognition it deserves! Check out the link above for THE clip of the year.

Dec 20, 2010

TV Guide Best Performances of 2010

8 out of 21: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Chandler and Britton's twin Emmy nominations underscore what fans have known for a while: Tami and Eric Taylor are the best couple on TV. Never has there been a more closely observed portrait of a middle-class marriage. They may fight about the mortgage, their college-aged daughter, the baby, the demands of working at a lower-income high school, or trying to squeeze in a date night, but when they make up, they talk like reasonable adults who love each other. Odd that such a thing would be rare on television.

Dec 15, 2010

Best Shows of 2010: Friday Night Lights

Best Drama: Friday Night Lights (Direct TV/NBC)

There was a lot of great drama on television this year (Southland was exceptional, Lost went out in glorious fashion, Men of a Certain Age was moving and effective), but I would be remiss if I didn't place FNL at the top of my list, just where it has been since the show premiered in 2006. It's hard to believe that this will be it's last season. No other show has me cheering and laughing and crying week in and week out. Even during the cringe worthy moments (Julie's affair with the TA) I can't bring myself to raise the remote and fast forward through them. I've stated time and again on Popdose that this show is the most realistic portrayal of small town life I've ever seen on television, with beautifully written and acted characters, smart direction, and perfect music selections to create the mood of each scene (not to mention W.G. Snuffy's poignant score). I love the Taylors; I love the community of Dillon, Texas; and I love Friday Night Lights.

Dec 8, 2010

FNLs Nominated for 2011 Writers Guild Award

Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Ron Fitzgerald, Etan Frankel, Monica Henderson, David Hudgins, Rolin Jones, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Derek Santos Olson, John Zinman; NBC

Congrats!!! DirectTV needs to be added to the network recognition.

Dec 6, 2010

Best 8 Sports Shows of All Time

There are multiple sports movies released at the theaters almost every year so the selection of great sports movies is numerous. Sports related television shows are not as prevalent so the good television shows based on sports are few and far between. Normally now is when I would say these are the ten best sports television shows, but really there are only eight worth mentioning.

Number 1: Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights just started its final season and it will be a sad day when Eric Taylor coaches his last football game. For several years now Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton have been the best kept secret on television. They have also been surrounded by some of the best young actors Hollywood has to offer. Friday Night Lights is also like the little engine that could. Low ratings nearly killed the show during the very first season and yet it managed to live on for five seasons and got to choose its end date so they can end the show properly instead of being canceled abruptly and throwing together the last episode at the last minute.

Dec 5, 2010

FNLs Stephen King's Top Show of 2010

This week's Entertainment Weekly Magazine's columnist Stephen King named Friday Night Lights the best TV show of 2010!!!

SNL - Robert De Niro Monologue Video

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Robert De Niro: The best show in New York ... Friday Night Lights!

Dec 2, 2010

Kyle Chandler Among Satellite Award Nominees

Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, and Friday Night Lights are nominated for The 2010 Satellite Award by the International Press Academy, to be held in Los Angeles on December 19, 2010.

Congratulations!!! So nice to see the show nominated.

Nov 9, 2010

Actors: Secrets of Their Success

Kyle Chandler: "I grew up in a tiny town and when I was in college I didn’t know I was going to go into acting. I’d met some people at 3 o’clock in the morning at the University of Georgia and one fella became a very good friend of mine. He’s passed away since, but as they were leaving that morning the one guy pulled me over and said, ’There’s an audition in the Cellar Theater at the University for "A Comedy of Errors."’ And to this day I have no idea why I went there and got the script. I think because the people we met there were absolutely lunatics, they were insane. And I liked that.

I went and got the script and studied it, auditioned, and got the part and played the one brother. When we did the dress rehearsal and the teachers were sitting around and when that applause happened, and I was center stage, I cried inside. It was like: THIS is it."

Oct 27, 2010

Roush Review: A Hug Before the Lights Go Out

Kyle Chandler

Few rites of passage are more heart-rending than preparing to say goodbye to a loved one — and naturally, I'm referring to a TV show here. Specifically, Friday Night Lights, a miracle of a series about big-hearted people in small-town America. Each chance to visit feels like an emotionally wrought homecoming.

...Things aren't so much winding down as winding up, as the quietly inspirational football coach Eric Taylor (the charismatic Kyle Chandler) and his spitfire wife Tami (Connie Britton, warm and witty), now a guidance counselor again, continue adjusting to the challenge of shaping futures and earning respect for an underfunded Underdog High called East Dillon. (Their tenures at the relatively plush Dillon High didn't end well.) Read on ...

Coach Taylor's Inspirational Notable Quotables

Somewhere among the ranks of Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln is an equally inspiring orator ... who isn't even real. That man is "Friday Night Lights" Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), and for five seasons his motivational dialogue has anchored one of the strongest performances on TV. So as we get ready to say goodbye to the coach and both Dillon football programs, let's look back at the pearls of wisdom (and a few cracks) that brought us this far.,0,7837258.photogallery?index=1

We call these 'Coachisms.' :) How about some they missed?

Oct 26, 2010

Michael B. Jordon on Kyle Chandler, FNLs

And working with this amazing cast must be quite the experience. There isn't one bad member!

The casting is so well-done on a personal level that the actors playing the roles kind of bleed over. Like, the reason Coach Taylor is so lovable is because Kyle [Chandler] is amazing. Kyle as a person is awesome, a real man's man, and that kind of adds another layer of depth to the character.

From all of us at Kyle Chandler Central, hearing this sentiment time and time again makes being a Kyle Fan an honor.

Oct 25, 2010

Matt's Picks

October 25th - 28th:

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights (Wednesday, 9/8c, DirecTV's 101 Network)
Every chance to revisit Dillon, Texas is like an emotionally wrought homecoming, and never has that been more poignantly apparent as the show returns for its fifth and final season. (These episodes will air on NBC sometime in 2011.) Some favorite characters move away as life moves on for Coach Taylor and his wife Tami, now facing the challenge of shaping futures and earning respect at the underfunded East Dillon. I will never willingly let go of this show, but it's a miracle we got to enjoy this much of their story. Enjoy while you can.

Oct 15, 2010

New Season 5 Interview - Kyle Chandler

This clip may contain some spoilers or speculation, but is mostly Kyle having a very nice conversation.

Oct 6, 2010

Direct TV's 30 Second Spot for S5

Good News: Pulling out all the stops for what will surely be a phenomenal final season, DirecTV has just released an incredibly hot promo in anticipation of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS October 27th premiere.

Bad News: Aside from the fact we’re unable to subscribe to DirecTV and thus won’t be getting the opportunity to catch the final season until next summer, when it comes to our favorite TV Shows ever! (see: EVERWOOD, GROSSE POINTE, JACK & BOBBY to name a few) we have serious issues about letting go.

Sep 30, 2010

Just for fun ...

"Stories of corruption, crime and killing:" 5 Drive-By Truckers songs that would make great movies ...

3. “Sink Hole”

Sample lyric: “He thinks I ain’t got a lick of sense cause I talk slow and my money’s spent / Now, I ain’t the type to hold it against, but he better stay off my farm.”!

The pitch: The dark side of Hee-Haw

The story: The protagonist of “Sink Hole” presents himself as a good ol’ boy straight from central casting, talking about how his farm “has stood through five tornadoes, droughts, floods, and five tornadoes.” But his disarming gap-toothed drawl hides the desperation of a man with murder in his heart: Faced with the prospect of losing his home, he coldly schemes to bury his banker “in the old sink hole” before going to church on Sunday, where he pledges “to look the preacher in the eye.”

Potential personnel: Kyle Chandler has already shown he can portray a decent-but-imperfect small-town southerner with grace and subtlety on Friday Night Lights, and he could definitely pull it off again for “Sink Hole.”,45772/

Sep 26, 2010

Sep 22, 2010

Real Life 'Early Edition'

Much like the CBS series Early Edition, which aired on the broadcast network from 1996-2000, Muck Rack Daily is aimed at bringing readers “tomorrow’s newspaper today.”

But while lead character Gary Hobson (portrayed by Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame) didn’t know why the next day’s newspaper was being delivered to his doorstep, Muck Rack Daily owner Sawhorse Media has a perfectly logical explanation: The site collects Tweets from journalists and mines information about stories they are working on. ...

10 Actors Who Could Play MLB Players in a Movie

Have you ever looked at an actor and thought how much he looked like a baseball player, football player or boxer?

Early Edition star Kyle Chandler could pass as Reds Outfielder Jim Edmonds' brother.


Sep 21, 2010

Super 8 Shoots, Casts

Abrams' ode to Spielberg gets underway.

Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning, previously rumored to have been cast, are now confirmed to star in J.J. Abrams' latest super-secret project, Super 8. Shooting has also now begun on the film.Kyle Chandler

Variety reports that production is underway on the movie in Weirton, West Virginia. Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich and Gabriel Basso, as well as newcomers Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills, are also appearing in the picture.

Steven Spielberg is producing along with Abrams and his partner Bryan Burk, which is nice since the mysterious film is said to have been inspired by Spielberg's movies.

Sep 17, 2010

Kyle Chandler Joins J.J. Abrams’ SUPER 8


There was a time when Friday Night Lights leading man Kyle Chandler seemed poised to star in Steven Spielberg’s ambitious time travel drama Terra Nova. But he passed. So it goes. In light of recent news, there are clearly no hard feelings.

Vulture reports that Chandler and Elle Fanning are the first members to join the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, produced by Mr. Spielberg. Details are tightly under wraps, though it’s rumored to center on “three siblings who discover footage of an alien in some Super 8 footage they shot.” We really don’t know much more than that, but there is always room for speculation after the jump. ...

It's not up yet on IMDB, so we'll keep an eye on this ...

Happy Birthday, Kyle Chandler!!!

From all your fans at Kyle Chandler Central, a very happy birthday to you ... and wishes for your best year yet!!

Sep 7, 2010

5 Reasons To Start Watching FNLs Now

Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are, at the very least, 2 of the 5 to start watching Friday Night Lights on ABC Family. Read on to see more reasons:


Aug 30, 2010

A Longer Kyle Chandler Interview


Finally! Red Carpet Interviews

FNLI rarely let my emotions get the best of me, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little verklempt by the sight of Friday Night Lights‘ long overdue Emmy contenders Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton walking the red carpet yesterday as full-fledged nominees. So they didn’t win. Big deal. The positive buzz surrounding FNL‘s fifth and final season all but ensures they’ll be in the running again next year. But back to this year’s event, watch what went down on the red carpet with Britton and Chandler before the ceremony (hint: lots of silliness, an impromptu purse search, and talk of a possible—make that impossible—sixth season).

Aug 29, 2010

Emmy Red Carpet

Maryilee, AmazingGrace, and I sat through hours of pre-Emmy Red Carpet coverage on E Channel, TV Guide Channel, and NBC ... and saw little to no Kyle Chandler or Connie Britton, except for: A Twitter Pic of Kyle taken by Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly:

Here's the first pics we're seeing of Connie. She's gorgeous!

We'll post more of Kyle's as soon as they appear.

What's Next?

Who knows. But we found this article to be interesting:

If Imagine friends now at Showtime could create a quality show for Kyle and/or Connie, you would have a flock of news fans.

Congratulations and Thank You!

To Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (and all the cast and crew of Friday Night Lights), thank you and congratulations for a fantastic Season 4 ... from the fans at Kyle Chandler Central. We can't wait to see the work you did in Season 5! We know it will be awesome!

Aug 27, 2010

Emmys: TV's New Golden Age

Best actor, drama

Should Win: Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights, which aired on DirecTV and NBC. Chandler makes up one-half of the best, most deeply detailed, effortlessly authentic couple ever on television. He and TV wife Connie Britton are the Astaire and Rogers of TV dramas.

Will Win: Jon Hamm as Don Draper in AMC's Mad Men. Hard to believe he hasn't won yet (though this makes his third nom). This has to be the year, hasn't it?

Emmys: We Pick our Favorite Shows!

...We thought we were torn on which drama to root for...until we get to Outstanding Actor in a Dramatic Series category. There's a buffet of handsome and talent with nominees like Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Matthew Fox ("LOST") and Kyle Chandler who is finally getting his due for "Friday Night Lights."

Five Emmy Stories to Watch

...Do Coach and Mrs. Coach have a chance?

The absolutely stunning work being done by just about everybody on Friday Night Lights was mysteriously and totally ignored until this year, when suddenly, both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton found themselves nominated in the lead actor and actress categories for their work as Eric and Tami Taylor. ...

The Party Report

Emmy Awards 2010 Party Survival Guide:

Aug 26, 2010

Among Many Worthies, Who Should Win Emmys

Alessandra Stanley, a television critic for The Times, gives her picks for who deserves Emmy Awards. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday on NBC.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Pick: Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler deserves it, and not just because “Friday Night Lights” is one of the best unwatched shows on television -- a smart, engaging expose of Texas high school football for viewers who could care less about teenagers, football or Texas. Its small but loyal followers have managed to keep it alive for a fifth season, and Mr. Chandler is one of its top selling points.

And if you want to play along, you can vote on this interactive ballot here and compare your picks to the winners on Sunday night!

Aug 23, 2010

The Emmy Awards Drinking Game

...In an effort to make the Emmys more exciting I've devised a simple two-person or two-team drinking game to be played along with the three-hour telecast. At least come Monday morning, you'll have something to show for those hours -- namely a hangover. Don't drink? Play it for quarters instead. Here's how it works: Divide into two teams, the Noobs and the Old-timers. Noobs will get points when first-time winners and nominees triumph, and the Old-timers win when the Tony Shalhoubs and Alec Baldwins do. Proceed as follows: ...

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston, Hugh Laurie or Michael C. Hall wins -- Noobs drink or pay.
Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler or Matthew Fox wins -- Old-timers drink or pay.
Bonus: If Kyle Chandler wins, everyone drinks out of sheer happiness.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Kyra Sedgwick, Mariska Hargitay, Julianna Margulies or Glenn Close wins -- Noobs drink or pay.
Connie Britton or January Jones wins -- Old-timers drink or pay.
If either Connie or January wins, Old-timers drink or pay double for stacked category.

Shall we play Sunday night? Choose your poison ... wine, beer, or Scotch! ;)

Emmys Countdown

Kyle Chandler & Michael Emerson Are Our Picks to Win Lead & Supporting Actor in a Drama!

These men seriously bring the drama every week! Tell us if you agree with our picks OR vote for your Emmy faves!

The football coach, the serial killer or the meth dealer — we’ve got so many upstanding men to pick for the 2010 Emmy Awards. But our (theoretical) votes definitely go to Friday Night LightsKyle Chandler for Outstanding Lead Actor and Lost’s Michael Emerson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Kyle’s first nomination is LONG overdue — we’ve loved him for the past four years — while Michael has already proven himself to be an Emmy darling with four previous nominations.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers: Are we dead on with our choices, or did we make a HUGE mistake and overlook a more deserving actor? Cast your votes below and drop us a comment — who should win the Emmy on Aug. 29?

Go there and vote for Kyle. Isn't this fun?!!!

Aug 21, 2010

The Best of Coach Taylor

Friday Night Lights: The Best of Coach Taylor

Here's another video tribute of Kyle Chandler in his Emmy nominated role:

Aug 20, 2010

Emmys Best in Class: Kyle Chandler

From TV Guide's Emmy Focus, here is Kyle Chandler's photo tribute to his television and movie roles:

And past TV Guide videos here:

From Homefront to King Kong to Friday Night Lights. Enjoy!

Aug 18, 2010

Friday Night Lights Coming to ABC Family

There’s a good chance you’ve heard from someone you know or read something with the approximation, “You’re not watching Friday Night Lights? It’s the best show people aren't watching.” And while hearing incredulous statements like that can be annoying, in the case of Friday Night Lights they are dead on. It may be one the best shows people have just never watched in any great numbers. But that can all change thanks to ABC Family. Starting in September, ABC Family will replay the entire Friday Night Lights series from the beginning. It’s a chance to see it from the pilot episode (one of the most poignant pilots in some time) and follow the story of Dillon, Texas and its captivation with football. ...

There are reviews of Friday Night Lights, and then, there are reviews. This is one of those golden ones ... promoting the premiere of the first 4 seasons on ABC Family beginning September 7th (on top of the release of Season 4 this week and the upcoming Emmys). It's a press bonanza!!!

I'll Be Your Mirror

"It occurs to me, as I Netflix through the early seasons of Friday Night Lights, that I'm in the Eric Taylor stage of my life, named after the fortitudinous Texas gridiron coach (played so effectively by Kyle Chandler) at the epicenter of the show. Not of course that I live in Texas or coach high school football, or any sport for that matter (though I do have three years of youth soccer under my belt), but, rather, that like Coach Taylor I'm the married father of two girls, one a teenager whose motivations constantly befuddle me, and also that he is a man who shapes young lives while simultaneously allowing himself to be shaped by them. He can be wise (temperately articulating his disappointment in older daughter Julie when she lies about being drunk) or clueless (flummoxed by his inability to persuade the rest of the family to go out for lasagna on the night of the big school dance, when everyone else is too depressed over the sorry state of their romantic affairs), sometimes both at once. Above all he is principled and compassionate, and besides that I'm a sucker for the embattled hero." ...

A nice tribute to the iconic character of Coach Taylor, flawlessly played by Kyle Chandler. As an aside, you may recall the Paley Center interviews the cast from Friday Night Lights did (a podcast of which is available at iTunes).

Aug 16, 2010

Podcast: Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler on 'Friday Night Lights' Finally Scoring at the Emmys

"When I ask Kyle Chandler about Emmy neglect he replies, "I don't give much thought into why it doesn't come about. It's not the way I work. But when it happens, I couldn't be happier."

This is a fantastic podcast of Kyle. What a treat to have this!

Aug 12, 2010

Five TV Critics Pick Their Emmy Favorites


Griffiths: "Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad') is doing a crackerjack job, but it's about time Kyle Chandler nabbed a win for 'Friday Night Lights.' The show's coming off its most winning season, and a lot of that has to do with Chandler's low-key, utterly human portrayal of a guy who takes a heartfelt interest in underdogs."

Fretts: "I put my money on Michael C. Hall, who's got a compelling personal story to go along with his killer work on 'Dexter.' Playing opposite John Lithgow took Hall to a new level this season, and he's overdue, having never won for this show or 'Six Feet Under.' "

Susman: "I'm going with Cranston to win, as much as I'd like to see Hugh Laurie ('House') win it after all these years, or even Matthew Fox, because I love 'Lost.' "

Ostrow: "Cranston and Laurie are principals who cater to their shows. The others are more ensemble pieces. Still, I do think there's so much sentiment for 'Mad Men' (and Jon Hamm). Overall, they got it right this year. I have no quibbles with this category."

Wiser: "Chandler isn't a showy actor, but his character couldn't be more real. That's talent. I think Laurie's Dr. House is an acquired taste, and Cranston should give someone else a chance."

Two out of 5 critics ... in a field of 6 actors? Here's hoping the Emmy electorate are voting for Best Actor, Drama with the same frequency!

Aug 7, 2010

Kyle Chandler In Strong Position For Emmy Upset

With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, Kyle Chandler has the ball. The underdog in a fiercely competitive game, the Emmy nominee is staring down an imposing defensive line: Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Fox and Jon Hamm. Having recently wrapped the fifth and final season of NBC/DirecTV's critical darling-with-modest-ratings "Friday Night Lights," Chandler receives a validating nom for his Season 4 turn and might just pull off the biggest upset of the season. "Coach" chats with THR's Leslie Bruce about the nomination, playing a heartthrob and saying farewell to Dillon, Texas.

Another fantastic interview w/Kyle Chandler! Glad to see we're not the only ones who think he could win. (Has anyone else noticed how his 'waking up to an Emmy nom' story is changing just a tad?) :)

Aug 6, 2010

The Hub Taps Popular Talent: Including Kyle Chandler

LOS ANGELES – August 6, 2010 – Approaching its October 10 (10-10-10) launch, the new children’s and family network The Hub has tapped an impressive roster of popular stars for its lineup of Hub Original Series. The casting for animated and live-action series was announced today by Margaret Loesch, President and CEO, The Hub, during the new network’s appearance at the 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles.

The Hub is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., and will be available to 60 million U.S. cable and satellite households upon launch.

Casting unveiled today includes:

“Dan Vs.” (Hub Original Series, animated)

Cast includes: Curtis Armstrong (“Revenge of the Nerds”), Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”), Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”), Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) and Michael Gross (“Family Ties”),. Produced by Film Roman LLC.

“Family Game Night” (Hub Original Series, live-action)

Host: Todd Newton (“Hollywood Showdown” and “Whammy”). Produced by Hasbro Studios and Zoo Productions.

What does this mean? Anyone up on The Hub? Here's a little more info:

Aug 5, 2010

Kyle Chandler & Connie Britton on Saying Goodbye

Friday Night Lights Emmy Nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton Reflect on First Impressions, Lasting Friendship, and Saying Goodbye-

Fantastic interview It's a long one. Hooray for this press bonanza! Click below to read:

You read it here, first. What an incredible, awesome run for this show that is sure to become a classic in its syndication life!

The Bright Stars of 'Friday Night Lights'

Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the leads of 'Friday Night Lights,' have what is called the best marriage on television. They say their closeness is rooted in genuine feelings of love and trust.,0,1275105.story

This is a fantastic interview of Emmy nominees Kyle and Connie.

Aug 3, 2010

Kyle Chandler on KROQ 106.7 FM Los Angeles

Listen to Kyle Chandler on the recap podcast of 'Kevin and Bean Show', August 2nd broadcast. Click on link below and then, click on "more":

This is a 5 to 6 min. interview. Kyle comes in at about 43:00 into the podcast.

Emmy's Actor's Race is (Mostly) a Level Playing Field

This year's actor pool reflects an even mix of stalwarts and newcomers.

Every year during the post- Emmy nomination churn, certain arguments get a lot of play: Broadcast can't beat cable! Newcomers are shut out!

For the first time in a while, those discussions are a bit more muted.

In the ongoing war between cable and broadcast, there was at least one major surprise this year: DirecTV managed to field a lead acting candidate for the first time in Kyle Chandler after his four seasons on "Friday Night Lights." And broadcast made a meaningful resurgence in both lead and supporting categories, thanks to breakout hits "Glee" and "Modern Family."

Those two series alone landed five of the 24 primary acting categories; nonbroadcast acting nominations take up just nine of the acting slots up for grabs in 2010 compared with last year's 10.

Perhaps a detente has been achieved between distribution models, leaving more room to search for the best of the best among new and familiar faces.

... For Chuck Lorre, pitting actors from such shows as "Glee" and "The Office" against his "Big Bang" and "Two and a Half Men" somewhat muddies the actor race waters.

"It's not a level playing field," he says. "The actors on 'Men' and 'Big Bang' are putting on a live performance in front of a studio audience, while other comedies are (essentially) making a movie every week."

That debate aside, voters consistently look for at least one key element in every performance, says the academy's senior vp awards John Leverence: Range.

"With 'Breaking Bad,' you have a lead character who is a mousy high school chemistry teacher and also a ruthless drug dealer," he says. "That kind of range and writing is very appealing to performer/voters."

This is one reason that "Bad's" Bryan Cranston is a heavy favorite for a drama actor three-peat. But he's up against other big-range personalities, including strong contender Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"); the critically beloved Chandler; five-time nominee Hugh Laurie ("House"); first-time nominee Matthew Fox ("Lost"); and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") who has been nominated every year since the show began (he's also up for a comedy guest actor slot for "30 Rock").

He's beloved by critics for reason. We still think this could be Kyle's year!

Jul 28, 2010

Chandler, Fox Garner Long Last Emmy Nods

'Lights,' 'Lost' actors receive attention late in show's run

"Kyle Chandler had been up late directing and acting in the penultimate episode of the upcoming fifth season of "Friday Night Lights" and had maybe knocked off about four hours of sleep when his wife and kids came bounding into his bedroom to tell him he'd been nominated for an Emmy.

"The first thing out of my mouth was: 'I'm trying to sleep,' " Chandler recalls, adding his grogginess quickly evaporated due to the excitement in the room.

Thanks to the critical praised heaped upon "Friday Night Lights," Chandler's nomination in the lead actor drama category felt deserved. But Emmy recognition for him and fellow category nominee Matthew Fox from "Lost" was also nothing short of a longshot." ...

Let's go out on a limb and predict a win for Kyle Chandle! Here's how it could happen: Bryan Cranston has won twice; and if he was going to win, Hugh Laurie would have by now. The 'surprise' noms of Chandler and Fox feel as if Emmy voters want something new this year. More popular shows' nominees Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, and Matthew Fox will cancel one another out ... leaving the dark horse, Chandler, to win.

Or the preferred scenario: Chandler is the only actor in this category who created a new character different from the lead role in a movie version. Actors know better than anyone how difficult that is to do, risking comparison to the movie portrayal ... something only THE consummate professional could pull off. Chandler went far beyond pulling it off. He was cast against type! Even creator Peter Berg questioned casting the "Early Edition guy" in a similar role portrayed so well by Billy Bob Thornton. In the end, Chandler beat the casting odds. He transforms into Coach Taylor! He was born to play this richly layered role.

Jul 27, 2010

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All-New Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton Gallery!

Browse our all-new online exclusive photo gallery of Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton!

We like seeing celebrate Kyle and Connie's Emmy nominations. (But 2+ weeks out, we're still patiently waiting for NBC to acknowledge the show's 4 Emmy nominations when advertising or airing Friday Night Lights on network television.)

Jul 15, 2010

Emmy Episode Submissions Decided

We found out which episodes the actors — and supporting actors — have offered up for consideration. The Emmys will air Aug. 29 on NBC. See the selections after the jump:

Hamm: “The Gypsy & The Hobo” (Don Draper admits to his wife that he stole Dick Whitman’s identity)

Chandler: “East of Dillon” (Coach unites his team)

Cranston: “Full Measure” (Walt completes his journey to the dark side in this season finale)

Laurie: “Broken” (The season premiere that was set in a psychiatric hospital)

Fox: “The End” (Jack reunites with his friends in the series finale)

Hall: “The Getaway” (Dexter catches up with Trinity and kills him in this season finale)

Click on the link for info for Supporting Actors. What do you think? What was your favorite Coach Taylor episode?

Jul 13, 2010

Emmy Predictions: Best Actor

The Frontrunner: Cranston and (Kyle) Chandler (tie). Cranston could well earn his third consecutive trophy, but the Academy has three years of snubs to atone for where Chandler is concerned.

Kyle Chandler could and should win, and kylefans would love to see it ... and not because of past snubs. Ausiello, a huge fan of Connie Britton, is slowly but surely coming around where Kyle is concerned.

Jul 9, 2010

Emmy Noms: Mix of Glee, Surprise, and Snubs

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights): We can’t really complain too much about FNL being left out of the Best Drama category because at least it garnered some acting nods, which we never thought was going to happen (we’re still watching the skies for flying pigs). Chandler’s portrayal of a put-upon football coach is impressively subtle. That scene in The Son, where Coach Taylor walks a grieving Matt home, would have been dramatically overplayed by lesser actors, but Chandler’s quiet, unspoken support was perfectly heartbreaking.

The past four years ...

Below is a blog that I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Please do not repost this blog or recreate it without my permission. Thank you!! I will post on the forum later today, why I would like to keep this blog post on the downlow. Thank you again!!

Recently, I had the bitter sweet privilege of filming the final Austin games for the show, Friday Night Lights. This show has been a huge part of my life for the past four years. I'm a fan of the show, but I'm also a background extra. I started out getting booked in the hopes of meeting Kyle Chandler. That turned out to be just the beginning of an amazing chapter in my life and my family's life.

The first scene we filmed was a church scene. The cool thing about that was, that it was REAL! A real worship service going on while we were filming. How cool is that? When my kids and I showed up, we met the most interesting people and were introduced to a culture that I never knew existed. It was like dropping in on another planet. I was hooked.

The next filming was also a church scene. I actually found the nerve to tell a production assistant about my son and ask if there was any possible way we could meet Kyle Chandler. After we were done filming, we got to meet him and he was beyond gracious.

And from that point on, I, along with my family have been devoted extras. We've done football games, church scenes, restaurant scenes. I've been a wife to numerous men and and a mother to numerous children. I've laughed and cheered at pep rallies and I've cried at a funeral. I've worshipped in at least two churches and have eaten my way through many restaurants in Dillon.

I've met celebrities, aspiring actors and folks who love the show, and like me, want to support it in the most tangible way possible. How many people get to actually work on the set of their favorite show, alongside their favorite actor? It's been one of those unusual blessings in life that I thank God for often.

That's not to say that all is perfect in Dillon. There have been some times when I wonder why I'm doing this.

The process of being an extra is very much like the military. There have been some report times as early as 6:00AM. You show up on set half asleep with wardrobe in hand and are immediately herded into a sign in line. Once you're signed in, you fill out your voucher, then you wait in the wardrobe line. The wardrobe line is reminiscent of my days in basic training. The wardrobe lady looks at what you have, inspects you and tells you what to wear. After that is all done, then you hurry up, get changed and wait. and wait and wait and wait. Then just as you get lulled into relaxing, the production assistants come in and start barking orders. You're then told where to stand, when to walk in and what to do as often as it takes to get the scene right.

There are times when the weather is not on your side. In Texas, the weather can go from 90 degrees to 50 degrees in a half hour and you have to stay in the cooler clothes for the sake of continuity. The call times can be hard to deal with. I've had early morning call times and I've driven home from filmings as late as 5:AM There are extras on the set that are so ambitious and competitive, that they'll gladly step on you on the way up the ladder. The lying, tattling and pot stirring could rival any soap opera. And conversely, there are extras that are just there to either meet Tim Riggins, or get an easy paycheck for little or no work. It's amazing how shocked some of these folks are when they realize they actually have to work to get that check.

All in all, it's been an unforgettable ride. I can't believe it's been four years. This experience has changed me in ways that I never thought possible. I'm not afraid of little things anymore. I'm not such a homebody anymore. I have more confidence in myself and I'm more willing to try new things. This show has really taken me out of my comfort zone and for that I will always be grateful.

Some really cool memories...

Meeting kyle!! What an awesome, humble person he is. He has made me and my family feel special and for that, he will always have a special place in my heart. What a treat it has been watching him do what he does best. I've gotten to watch him turn into Coach Taylor. I've gotten to watch him fool around on set and show us his food and throw a football around like a big kid. I've gotten the opportunity to tell him how I feel about him, that I pray for him and his family and that I'm thrilled that they are all here in Texas together. I wish Kyle the best and i'm so glad that he was Coach Taylor.

Showing up on camera!! OMGosh, this was the one thing that always surprises me. I never go into a scene trying to get on film, so seeing myself is always a special treat. First time i showed up on camera was season two, sitting right behind Landry. You could see me for a whole five or ten seconds. I was floored!! I've showed up a few more times since then and it never fails to make me all giddy inside.

Being a fan on the set. I'll never forget filming a dance scene on a Friday Night, watching Friday Night Lights in the holding area while waiting to film!! I have no words to describe how surreal that was.

Friday Night lights and my faith. I'm a born again Christian. Since this show came on the air, i have felt compelled to pray for the cast, crew and the show in general. The fact that my first booking was a real church scene, just showed me how this show can be used to connect Hollywood and God in a real and powerful way.

The friendships. I have met so many different kinds of people through this show. Before FNL, My circle of friends and aqaintances were either military spouses like myself, or friends from church, again, like myself. I've met people from this show that I never would have met otherwise. I'm so blessed by the friendships that have been formed over the past four years.

Friday Night Lights and life imitating art. My son is a junior at Judson high school, a football powerhouse here in Texas. Before this show, he had no interest in football or FNL. After watching a few episodes, he became a fan. He opened his eyes to the world around him and started to show an interest in high school football. Today, he's the Judson athletic photographer, and an aspiring film maker. His influence? FNL creator, Pete Berg.

The cool factor. I can't tell you how many people think i'm just the coolest person on the planet because i'm on Friday Night lights. I have to admit, it's fun having an instant ice breaker at parties. I really do get a kick out of hearing people say that they've seen me on TV.

So that's been what the past four years has meant to me. People have asked me if I'm sad about this show and this chapter of my life coming to an end. I am sad to a point, but then i think back to an interview with one of the producers. He said something to the affect of there was a story to tell and when that story was finished, the show would be finished too. I have every confidence that this story will have a good ending. I'm so blessed to have been a part of it all and I'll never forget it. Clear eyes, full hearts....

Video: Emmy Nominations in Real Time

Here is a video of the Emmy Nominations as read early this morning:

Watching it live was fantastic!

Jul 8, 2010

Video: Kyle Chandler On Emmy Nomination

Actor Kyle Chandler talks about earning an Emmy Nomination for his work on Friday Night Lights.

This is a great, impromptu video!! What a guy, what a cast, what a show!!!

Kyle Chandler Quote ...


"I'll be sitting next to my real wife and my TV wife. It's going to be a great night."

- Kyle Chandler, nominated for lead actor in a drama series for "Friday Night Lights."

And we'll all be watching on August 29th! :)

Emmy Nom Reactions for Friday Night Lights


“I’m so grateful. It really feels like a gift. We’re about to wrap the show after 5 seasons, so this is especially wonderful and so unexpected. And I’m thrilled for my TV husband, Kyle too… It really feels like an acknowledgment of the show.”
– Connie Britton, Emmy Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – “Friday Night Lights”

“I am thrilled for Connie and Kyle. I will admit I had to read the email several times before I believed it. Kyle and Connie have both created once in a lifetime nuanced, complex and compelling characters — it is no small thrill for myself that after four years not one but both have been recognized. I am also thrilled that Rolin Jones has been recognized for his beautiful script “The Son”, an uniquely powerful episode of television. And, to Linda Lowy and our incredible casting agents who have been recognized yet again for all they bring to the show.”
– Jason Katims, Executive Producer

“DIRECTV is thrilled to congratulate the ‘Friday Night Lights’ team and Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler on their recent Emmy nominations, recognition they so richly deserve. We’ve long admired the series and their outstanding work and are proud to share this honor with them.”
–Patty Ishimoto, Vice President, Entertainment & General Manager, The 101 Network/DirecTV

And the kudos are just beginning. :) What a labor of love!

Kyle Chandler's Cinderella Emmy Story

"How 'bout that?" says an overjoyed lead actor in a drama nominee Kyle Chandler, calling from Texas, where he's filming Friday Night Lights. "When I found out this morning, my daughter Katherine said, 'You got nominated!' I was trying to sleep so I didn't know what she was doing. But when it dawned on me, the first thing I said was, 'Did Connie [Britton] get nominated?' When she said yes, that was the icing on the cake that made it all real."

Like Britton, it has been emotional for Chandler to shoot the fifth and final season's last episodes. Just two hours remain to be shot. "I'm directing episode 12, so I was director and actor yesterday. It's been a great experience and they haven't fired me yet. This nomination feels like a Friday Night Lights moment. It couldn't have been written better. Today Zach Gilford, Adrianne Palicki and Grandma Saracen will all be there. Yesterday we had Taylor Kitsch. I can't wait to walk on the set today and say, 'Congratulations.'"

With this Emmy love, is it possible the show could live to see a sixth season? Chandler just laughs. "This show has been reincarnated so many times, there's no telling if it could have one more gasp of air. But I think this is the end, and there's no better way to exit the stage. It's a true Cinderella story." Like his character, Chandler too is doing some soul searching about where his life will go. "You always do that at the end of every project. You sit back, take a deep breath and then get to recreate yourself as someone new."

Well, TV Guide didn't get his daughter's name right ... but, we'll overlook. :) Another awesome picture on the link.

'Friday Night Lights' Finally Wins Major Emmy Noms

NEW YORK — It might be late in the fourth quarter, but "Friday Night Lights" finally got some Emmy love.

The acclaimed drama was nominated for four Emmys on Thursday, including lead actor and actress in a drama for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, who play the patriarch and matriarch of Dillon, Texas, the small town, football-mad world of "Friday Night Lights."

The show was also nominated for best writing in a drama series (by Rolin Jones) and best casting. Though many critics have called it the best show on TV for years, it had previously only been nominated for casting (winning in 2007) and directing.

Jon Hamm, also nominated for lead actor for his work in "Mad Men," spoke for many when he said Thursday of the show, "I can't believe it's taken this long."

"For a long time, it almost felt like, is there a reason that they're not nominating this show? Is it not on the ballot? Are they using secret ink? Come on, this show is good," he said.

"It was just one of those things. It wasn't pushed, it wasn't represented well by its studio or network or whatever. It was kind of bounced around on the schedule, but people kept seeking it out."

At times, it took some work. "Friday Night Lights" has never received strong ratings, and its last two seasons have aired first on DirecTV, then on NBC. In recent seasons, it has rotated its young cast and introduced new characters to keep things running on a tight budget.

In the process, it has continued to realistically portray a town in full, maintaining a humanistic view of its characters, all making their way in ordinary lives.

Jason Katims, head writer and executive producer, said the nominations are "a wonderful and somewhat shocking surprise."

"Kyle and Connie are the heart of the show. Not one, but both being recognized, to me, recognizes the show," he said. "In a way, having to wait for these nominations has honestly made it a little sweeter."

The cast and crew are currently in Austin, Texas, finishing up the last few weeks of shooting season five, which will be the last season for "Friday Night Lights."

Britton said she was "truly surprised" by the nomination.

"I've been feeling increasingly melancholy as I feel the days wearing away," she said. "This feels like, 'Oh, it will be so nice to have that because we're not going to be able to work on this show that we've loved so much.'"

Chandler immediately called Britton Thursday morning to celebrate.

"Not to use just a silly metaphor, but that's what's this show's been about," he said. "I've said it for the last five seasons, it's all about teamwork."

Of course, not everyone was content with the Emmy results for "FNL." A quixotic Facebook campaign had urged that Zach Gilford (who plays the quarterback-turned-artist Matt Saracen) be nominated. Nearly 10,000 had joined in the effort.

There is a LOT of press on this unprecedented day!!! (Check out the Kyle pic on this article for a preview of him in formalwear.) :)


I know this has already been broken on here but I just learned about it now. Thanks again Dolphin for being so on top of things for me. You're AWESOME!!

I can barely write this due to the lump in my throat and the tear in my eye.


From TV Guide:

"Long overlooked by the Emmys, Friday Night Lights finally broke in, scoring lead drama acting nominations for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.Chandler is up against two-time defending champion Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), first-time nominee Matthew Fox (Lost), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Hugh Laurie (House)."

Or read the whole article here:


Connie Britton Can Speak For Kyle Chandler ...

Nomination Reaction: Connie Britton

Connie Britton, Tami Taylor on "Friday Night Lights""I think it's more gratifying because we got used to not being nominated. We had come to terms with that, and there was no reason to expect this. I was so thrilled. There was no way I was watching. My cousin in New York, who's up on all things showbiz, called me up while I was in bed with my dogs. My first call was to Kyle (Chandler), who had no voice. He was up at 4:30 in the morning shooting a football scene. This feels like an amazing honor."

Can we all say a collective "Awwwwwww."

Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton Receive Emmy Nominations!!!!

Actor, drama:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie, House
Matthew Fox, Lost (his first Emmy nomination)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Actress, drama:
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
January Jones, Mad Men

Friday Night Lights received 4 nominations this morning: Best Actor Drama, Best Actress Drama, Writing, and Casting.

What a happy day!!! Kylefans wish to congratulate Kyle and Connie. This is so awesome and deserved!!!!! CELEBRATE!!!!!!

My Fantasy Emmy Nominations

Is your Tivo tingling with anticipation thanks to tomorrow morning's Emmy nominations? Yea, mine too. But before we can get to the long list of lovely lads and ladies who will vie for The 62nd Annual Emmy Awards on August 29, we will have to reconcile the inevitable snubs and oversights the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences inevitably makes every year.

So, to that end, I thought I'd show you what the 2010 Emmy Nominations might look like if the TV Academy was a one-man show: me! Yes, I know full well that many of these nominations are pipe dreams so deep BP is looking into buying them, but that's why these are PopWrap's Fantasy Emmy Nominations. So snag a lunesta and come away with me:

Please click on the link above to see nominated: Friday Night Lights - Best Drama, Kyle Chandler - Best Actor Drama, Connie Britton - Best Actress Drama and fabulous pictures.

We're still hoping we wake up in the morning and see the fantasy become a reality!

Jul 6, 2010

Clark: Yoo Hoo, Emmy ...

Have we got a guy for you!!!

• Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in "Friday Night Lights"
— There are a lot of critics and fans shocked and disgusted that Chandler has never been nominated for his role in this beloved NBC show. If he hasn't gotten the call yet, chances are the powers-that-nominate just aren't that impressed with him. Still, a lot of people are making a lot of noise on his behalf, so this could be the year that Emmy finally gives in.

And the drum beat to Emmy nominations continue ...

Jul 5, 2010

Friday Night Lights: Portrait of a Marriage

"...As many commentators and bloggers have noted, the Taylors' union is one of the best real depictions of a good marriage perhaps in the history of television. There are no sensationalistic storylines involving infidelity, illegitimate children, mistrust, or even just spite. The Taylors truly are a team. They respect each other, and it's the security that they exude and the trust in each other that they display that make this marriage different from most that are depicted on television."

This is an awesome article and explores one big reason why this show is the best show on television! The portrayal of the Taylors by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton is something really special and refreshing (and needed!) on television. It gives hope to the rest of us and a road map of what a good marriage is supposed to look like in terms of commitment and mutual support.

Domain Name Problems

Hi KyleFans,

So sorry about the recent confusion with getting to this site. We're working on it. Please be patient and stay with us!



Jul 2, 2010

23 Shows We Want On DVD

HOMEFRONT (1991-93)

Back in 1992, we called Kyle Chandler a ''face to watch,'' based on his performance in this World War II-era series. Friday Night Lights fans, were we right or what? We want to relive all that sepia-tinted glory.,,20398646_15,00.html?order=ASC&page=2

Slide 15 of 24, what a great pic of hunky young Kyle. Fans here would LOVE to add HOMEFRONT DVDs to our Kyle collections!!!!!

Jun 23, 2010

Kyle Chandler to Direct an Episode of Friday Night Lights

Question: I’m desperate for some scoop regarding the new seasons of Friday Night Lights and Dexter. —Sean

Coincidentally, I’m desperate to unload some scoop on both those shows. FNL is casting the role of a “winning and charismatic” president of a non-Texas college (to meet with Riggins, perhaps?), while Dexter is looking for an actor in his late 40s to play an internal affairs agent at Miami Metro (to investigate Dex, perhaps?). Oh, here’s another FNL scoop-bit: Kyle Chandler will be playing coach on screen and off. Sources confirm that Chandler will direct his first FNL episode next season.

That is so awesome! We can't wait to see the episode!!! (Or find out which one it is.)

Jun 21, 2010

'Terra Nova' Role is Signed

Jason O'Mara ('Life on Mars') has signed on to star in FOX's ambitious new drama series, 'Terra Nova.'

... O'Mara will play Jim Shannon, a father in the year 2149 on a dying planet who travels back in time with his family to the pre-historic era to help colonists rebuild civilization from the ground up. Stars who were previously thought to be considering the role include Kyle Chandler ('Friday Night Lights').

Previous reports stated filming begins in Australia and that Kyle Chandler and Kevin Bacon both passed on the role. Kyle has said nothing (pro that he is) about the Steven Spielberg project.

It's a dicey role as the series has been billed in the press as the 'Dinosaur' series ... and that had many Kyle fans concerned, as the 'Dinosaours' become the star. Although Spielberg is the "King of Special Effects,"due to high costs of creating special effects and CGI on a network TV series, the effects would have to be the best in the business to be believable. In this economy with concerns over high production costs, the quality of the effects was the concern most often cited by fans ... Will the series production be really well done (such as "Lost") or will it be unintentionally cheesy? Time will tell.

Jun 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day, Kyle Chandler!!!

From all of us at Kyle Chandler Central,

Happy Father's Day

to you and yours!!!!

Vote for Coach Taylor!!!

Who's the Better Dad (Round 2): Coach Taylor or Burt Hummel?

Happy Father’s Day. Today I’d like your opinion: Who’s the better TV dad, poker-faced but sensitive Burt Hummel from Glee, or — well, poker-faced but sensitive Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) from Friday Night Lights?

Coach Taylor "Forever Young" video by none other than our own Maryilee!!! Go and vote for our guy!!!

Jun 19, 2010

Kyle Chandler of 'Friday Night Lights'

Kyle Chandler of 'Friday Night Lights'

Nomination Status: This probably won't be his year either.

In His Favor: For years, we've always advocated on the behalf of Kyle Chandler, our favorite television patriarch and authority figure. For years, we've been stymied. This year won't be any different. Chandler was at his best in the early going of this "Friday Night Lights" season, as he realized the unique challenges of his new job and faced the realities of starting over at the bottom again. In the last third of the season, Chandler gracefully underplayed and allowed Connie Britton to take the splotlight. That's why they're TV's best couple.

Working Against Him: The argument for Kyle Chandler is a little thinner this season. It's not that he hit any false notes, but if we were to do a Sepinwall-esque Top 6 based on our own preferences, it's possible Chandler might not make that Top 6. Heck, he'd even have made our Top 6 in That Season That Never Happened (Season 2). It's not his fault. He's just got more competition this year.

We disagree! This IS his year to be nominated.

Kyle Chandler IS Coach Taylor

Movie vs. series:

The other day, my oldest son asked if we could rewatch the 2004 movie version and we all enjoyed watching Connie Britton with her ’80s big hair and Brad Leland rocking the porn ’stache. The movie has held up reasonably well, and I still get misty when bu$$-hole father Tim McGraw gives his son his championship ring on the field after the Panthers’ loss. That said, I still prefer the series, probably because as much as I like Billy Bob Thornton as Coach Gaines, Kyle Chandler is Coach Taylor.

It's true!

Jun 18, 2010

Tune In Tonight

"In the Bag" airs Friday, June 18, 2010

... But the best soap opera on television doesn't even look like one. "Friday Night Lights" (8 p.m., NBC) is one of the smartest, most beautifully shot and intelligently written series on television. But let's face it: Any story about a high school rivalry between a rich district and a poor one; a painful, shattered love affair between the coach's pretty daughter and a brooding former football star; the gushing admiration of a geeky teacher for his pretty, married principal; and a potential star quarterback from a dangerous neighborhood has all the makings of a compelling soap. And tonight's "Lights" even features a subplot about football star from a poor ranching family who learns that "mending fences" is more than a metaphor.

Perhaps the ratings for "Lights" remain modest because of its reputation for quality. Perhaps people are just intimidated by good scripts, believable acting and credible situations. Maybe if NBC stopped asking us to admire it, and just sold it as a soap opera, "Friday Night Lights" might become the hit it deserves to be.

For all you Kyle Chandler/Coach Taylor fans, these next episodes are crucial to the Season 4 plot line. Don't miss them.

Jun 16, 2010

Separated at Birth? Kyle Chandler/James Wolk

Courtesy of our inexplicable need to point out actors who remind us of, well other actors, comes our latest separated at birth: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Kyle Chandler and LONESTAR’s James Wolk, who while not quite a household name just yet, is on the verge of becoming Hollywood’s “Next Big Thing” come Fall.

What do you think?